Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks
Richard Matthew Stallman
Abstract: Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it. The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright power while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright--to promote progress, for the benefit of the public--then we must make changes in the other direction.
Organised by the University of Nicosia Research Foundation as part of the Project Phygital.
Co-organised in collaboration with Lakatamia Municipality, the Fine Arts Programme Department of Design and Multimedia, and hack66
Phygital is an Interreg V 2014-2020 BalkanMed, EU-funded programme being implemented in Greece, Albania and Cyprus and involves the development of makerspaces – one in each country - that will work with the local community.